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Old 07-05-2006, 04:46 PM  
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What's wrong with America today - Chapter 328 of a 350 part series.

I know this topic has been beaten to death, but I had a share a little anecdote from this weekend.

My wife and I headed out to the mall yesterday, and she got a new pair of shoes and I got a new sweater, a new shirt, and two new pairs of pants. The pants are a brand called Robert Graham, and they're really cool because the cuffs turn up and they have an interesting random pattern on them that's a completely different material. I bought a blue pair and, in a first for me, I bought an orange pair that's identical to a pair that I already own, but I get so many comments on them that I bought a second pair to have available, since it's very difficult to find a good pair of orange pants.

We finished shopping, and we went to the food court for lunch. I swore that I wouldn't get the Panda Express orange chicken, because I get it every time and I shouldn't get into a rut, but then we got there and they were handing out free samples of orange chicken and I thought, "Who am I kidding?" and I got the orange chicken.

We sat down to eat, and ended up near the Merry Go Round. This mall is big, and it's got a Merry Go Round that's probably half or two-thirds the size of a full one that you would see at Six Flags, and it's got horses and zebras and sea horses and at least one rabbit that you can ride, up and down and round and round, as long as you want if you're willing to pony up a buck-fifty a ride.

There were a fair number of families there, and lots of people were hauling their little children to the Merry Go Round to ride up and down, round and round on the sea horses and ponies and rabbits, and for the smaller kids, a bench where all of the other things can be observed from an on-ride perspective.

We watched the gate open, and the kids came pouring through to the Merry Go Round, their parents behind them. The kids climbed up on the platform, put their dirty little feet into the stirrups, and hauled themselves aboard their various mammals like little sticky cowboys and cowgirls. Then their parents fastened their seat belts, and away they went.

What?

FASTENED THEIR SEAT BELTS?

This Merry Go Round had seat belts on all of the horses. Seat belts! The children of today are not allowed to ride a Merry Go Round without wearing seat belts that hook them to the horses and sea horses and rabbits.

Now, I grew up in the era where, if a child could not hang on to a horse, said child fell off and presumably learned a lesson from it. Our motto was "If you fall off a horse, get right back on." Even with that philosophy, I remain today somewhat of a wimp. And if that's true, what does our future hold? An entire generation of kids who either a) cannot fall off a horse to start with, and b) have the motto of "If you fall off a horse, it means that the seat belt wasn't attached properly."

And really - who falls off of a Merry Go Round horse anyway? In all of my childhood, I never saw a child get bucked off of a Merry Go Round horse, and I would hazard to say that, from a genetic viewpoint, any child who couldn't stay on such a beast probably shouldn't survive to a reproductive age anyway.

I'm sure glad that I grew up in an era where all of my minor risks weren't mitigated.
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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Chapter 329: Men buying orange pants.

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Old 07-05-2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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I couldn't get past the pants thing either.
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Old 07-05-2006, 05:18 PM   #4
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yeah.. you lost me at Orange Pants...

are you heading to Clown School where you can get these little kids to sit on your lap instead of on the Merry Go Round??

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Old 07-05-2006, 05:25 PM   #5
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Yep. I agree we are babying kids too much these days. What with bike helmets, no Lawn Jarts®, not keeping score in lil leagues and so on. Look if your too stupid as a kid to injure yourself on a bike or with Jarts then you probably shouldnt make it to adulthood. Futhermore losing is part of life that's if you can't handle it then don't play. I was on a T-ball (Bonner IGA) that went 1-13 or some such nonsense. I had a great time. Next year I was on team for Lonestar Cement Co. we went 13 and 1. So I went from the cellar to the penthouse in one year. Now kids are being protected from anything negative - Dammit life is negative at times get over it and move on. If you are going to critique my post please don't use red text it might be negative for me. And if you like my post don't use any smilies cause it wouldn't be fair to the other posters.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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It's criminal that they don't supply helmets for the children to wear while riding the carousel.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:14 PM   #7
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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It's criminal that they don't supply helmets for the children to wear while riding the carousel.
That's nuttin' my kid rides in medeivel body armour...makes her feel like a knight on one of those horses.

Joking aside...I have yet to see a carousel with seat belts. Altough the carousels ended in 1999 for mine. I don't recall Disney World having 'em or Bush Gardens either.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:15 PM   #9
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It's criminal that they don't supply helmets for the children to wear while riding the carousel.
No shit, dont forget the mouthpiece and the floatie arm cushions.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:17 PM   #10
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No shit, dont forget the mouthpiece and the floatie arm cushions.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:41 PM   #11
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Chapter 329: Men buying orange pants.
These aren't bad orange pants. These are good orange pants. They're really bright, but nonetheless classy.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:02 PM   #12
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These are good orange pants. They're really bright, but nonetheless classy.
Uh...sorry. No such thing with ORANGE PANTS!!!
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:09 PM   #13
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:10 PM   #14
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:10 PM   #15
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Longer pants than that. See my comments about cuffs.

Yo, headsnapdawg, where you been? It seems like I haven't seen you post in ages.
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